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Heather McHugh

b. 1948

Heather McHugh (b. 1948) was brought up in rural Virginia.

Heather Phillipson

b. 1978

An internationally exhibiting artist as well as a poet, Heather Phillipson received an Eric Gregory Award in 2008 and has since published three books of poetry: a pamphlet with Faber & Faber in 2009 (part of the Faber New Poets scheme); NO

Helen Dunmore

b. 1952 d. 2017

Helen Dunmore (1952-2017) was the second of four children, her father the eldest of twelve. As she said herself "In a large family you hear a great many stories," a grounding which influenced her career as a writer of both poetry and fiction.

Helen Farish

b. 1962

Helen Farish was born in 1962 in Cumbria, where she now lives. She has been a Fellow at Hawthornden International Centre for Writers and was the first female Poet in Residence at the Wordsworth Trust (2004-5).

Helen Mort

b. 1985

Helen Mort was born in Sheffield, grew in Derbyshire, and studied Social and Political Sciences at Christ’s College, Cambridge.

Henry King

b. 1592 d. 1669

The son of an influential Bishop of London, Henry King followed in his father’s footsteps to pursue a career in the Church, which culminated in his appointment as Bishop of Chichester, a position he held during a very turbulent period in British h

Henry Vaughan

b. 1621 d. 1625

Henry Vaughan was born in 1621 in the Welsh country parish of Llansantffread between the Brecon Beacons and the Black Mountains, where he lived for nearly the whole of his life. His younger twin brother, Thomas, became a reputed alchemist.

Hilaire Belloc

b. 1870 d. 1953

Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) was a larger-than-life character who is now best known for his Cautionary Verses but who also wrote fiction, essays, history, biography and huge numbers of letters.

Hone Tuwhare

b. 1922 d. 2008

Hone Tuwhare (1922 — 2008) is New Zealand’s pre-eminent Maori poet; his tribal affiliations are with Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Korokoro, Ngāti Tautahi, Te Popote and Uri-o-Hau.

Howard Nemerov

b. 1920 d. 1991

Howard Nemerov was born into a wealthy and sophisticated New York family in 1920.

Hugh MacDiarmid

b. 1892 d. 1978

Hugh MacDiarmid (1892-1978) remains a controversial and influential figure.

Hugo Williams

b. 1942

Hugo Williams (b. 1942) is the son of the actor Hugh Williams and the model and actress Margaret Vyner-Williams. His glamorous yet financially precarious family life provides much of the inspiration for his poetry.

Ian Duhig

b. 1954

Ian Duhig (b. 1954) was the eighth of eleven children born to Irish parents with a liking for poetry.

Ian McMillan

b. 1956

Ian McMillan (b. 1956) is one of the UK's best known contemporary poets.

Imtiaz Dharker

b. 1954

Born in Pakistan and brought up in Scotland, Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker who divides her time between London and India.

Isaac Rosenberg

b. 1890 d. 1918

Isaac Rosenberg was born in Bristol in 1890, the son of Russian immigrants; his father was a learned Jew who scraped a living as a pedlar and market trader.

Isobel Dixon

b. 1969

Isobel Dixon was born in Mthatha, South Africa. She studied English at Stellenbosch University, before pursuing postgraduate study at Edinburgh University.

Ivor Gurney

b. 1890 d. 1937

Ivor Gurney suffered periods of mental ill health before the First World War, but his condition had deteriorated significantly by the end of the conflict. He had joined up after initially being rejected and was subsequently wounded and gassed.

J D McClatchy

b. 1945

J D McClatchy (b. 1945) is one of America's foremost poet-critics.

J.O. Morgan

b. 1978

J.O. Morgan lives on a small farm in the Scottish Borders. He is the author of six collections of poetry, each a single book-length poem.

Jack Mapanje

b. 1944

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Jack Underwood

b. 1984

Jack Underwood is an active presence across the British poetry landscape: as one of the first four poets as part of the Faber New Poets pamphlets scheme in 2009, as Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, tutor at the Poetr

Jackie Kay

b. 1961

Jackie Kay (b. 1961) is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry and plays, whose subtle investigation into the complexities of identity have been informed by her own life.

Jackie Kay- Children's Poems

b. 1961

Jackie Kay (b. 1961) is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry and plays, whose subtle investigation into the complexities of identity have been informed by her own life.

Jacob Polley

b. 1975

Measured, musical and understated, Jacob Polley's poems delve deep into the elemental, the eerie and the unstable.